Congratulations to Chris Adams ‘99 and Blake Sheehan ‘00 who were named to the Baltimore Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list for 2022. Selected from more than 270 nominees, Blake, Chris, and their fellow honorees demonstrate a commitment to their companies as well as the greater Baltimore region. A celebration will be held on November 17 at the Marriott Owings Mills Metro Center.
The Calvert Alumni Board invites you to join fellow alumni for interesting books, inspiring conversation, and wonderful company! Book Club selections will include fiction and non-fiction works written by alumni authors. Meeting times and format will take into consideration the availability of the group and the author. Please sign-up here if you are interested in joining!
The inaugural book club selection is Model Home, the award-winning first novel by alumnus Eric Puchner ‘82. To read more about Eric and his books, please visit his website www.ericpuchner.com.
Reunion Weekend 2023 will take place May 12 and 13, and this year we celebrate classes ending in “3” and “8.” Each month, we will share a sampling of the interesting careers and hobbies pursued by alumni in reunion years. This month, we highlight Sue Devlin Peard ‘43, Dr. Larry Stifler ‘53, and Susan Grose Rioff ‘58 who will celebrate their 80th, 70th, and 65th reunions respectively.
Beatrice Matkovic Mowry '73 is the Chair of the Exhibits Design Department at the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum. With more than 40 years of experience, Beatrice will discuss the process of taking an exhibit from concept to installation. Hear from Beatrice as she works on one of her most significant projects to date - reimagining the museum's 23 exhibitions and preparing to re-open the first half in October. Join us on October 20 at 12:00 P.M. for this virtual event. Click here to register.
A moment years in the making, the only sound was the echo of footsteps as Alastair Cho ‘15 stepped onto the squash court for the first time. Alastair competes on some of the most significant stages in the sport as a member of the Princeton University squash team and nationally ranked high school player at McDonogh School. This time, the stage was Hopkins Court in Calvert’s new Luetkemeyer Athletic Center.
These reflections start with my mother, Helen Martien, who was born in Cleveland and grew up in Atlanta. Upon coming to Baltimore, she asked her new Baltimore friends and neighbors three questions: (1) who was the finest pediatrician in Baltimore; (2) who was the finest dentist in Baltimore; and (3) what was the best elementary school in Baltimore? So, my older brother, Bill Martien ’76 and I saw Dr. Larrie Blue at Valley Pediatrics Associates, saw Dr. Charles Gossard in Ruxton, and attended Calvert School.
Calvert’s 10 squash courts and field house in the newly-constructed Luetkemeyer Athletic Center will open to our students at the start of the school year. To celebrate our newest facility and the School’s 125th year, we will host a Founders’ Day Festival on Friday, October 7. The afternoon will include scheduled athletic events against Boys’ Latin, Garrison Forest, and St. Paul’s, obstacle courses, and carnival games for all ages. In addition, Patrick Bedore, Calvert’s new squash pro, will organize a small bracket challenge for alumni, parents, and friends. Please reach out to Katie Wareheim ’98 at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in town and able to play in the match at the family festival.
New Calvert graduates stand on the stage every June looking out at their proud families and teachers. Crisp certificates in hand and gold CS pins shining, they proudly (and perhaps with a few tears) sing the song, "We're going far from Calvert." The graduates process down the aisle and on to their next adventures. Their stories are unique and varied, with a common thread being Calvert School. As we enter Calvert’s 125th school year, 16 alumni will write new chapters from their classrooms and offices at Calvert.
Congratulations to seven Calvert alumni who received 2022 Under Armour All-America lacrosse honors.
Kendall Steer ‘18 played for the South team in the girls’ Senior Game. The Senior Game recognizes the top 44 seniors as selected by Inside Lacrosse. Following her successful high school career at St. Paul’s School for Girls, Kendall is a freshman at Georgetown University, where she is a member of the women’s lacrosse team. Kendall’s sister, Lauren Steer ‘19, also plans to attend Georgetown and play lacrosse.
Six alumni played in the Underclass Tournament, recognizing rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Calvert and St. Paul’s alumnus Rick Williams (Calvert Class of 1955) will moderate a discussion on generational philanthropic planning with Pierre duPont of Cerity Partners. We invite alumni to join us on Thursday, October 13 from 6:00 P.M.-7:30 P.M. at the St. Paul’s Ward Center for the Arts. A reception will immediately follow the discussion. Please click here to register.
Anna McAllister ‘18 is an adventurer at heart. That was on full display as she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to cap off a month-long stay in Tanzania this summer. Anna’s five-day climb began in the rainforest and occurred mainly above the clouds. Anna and the group woke at midnight on her final day to start their journey to the summit. “It was harder mentally than physically,” shared Anna.
Kyle Stewart Rafferty '09 wed Daniel Rafferty on July 23 at One Barn Farm in Mifflinburg, PA. The couple met as student-athletes at Bucknell University where Kyle ran track and Daniel played baseball. Calvert alumni in attendance included Claudia Buccino '09, who served as a bridesmaid, and Molly Danko '09. The three classmates have been good friends since Sixth Age. The proud mother of the bride is former Calvert teacher Monica Stewart. Fun fact: Mrs. Stewart taught Claudia reading in Seventh Age!
The happy couple resides in Chicago, IL. Congratulations, Kyle and Daniel!
Congratulations to Bessie Cromwell Speers ‘76 who will become the next Head of School at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts beginning in July 2023. Bessie currently serves as Head of School at Tower Hill School, where she will conclude eight years of visionary leadership next June.
Purpose-driven leadership and community engagement are core principles of Calvert’s curriculum – both on campus and off – and nowhere is this more evident than in our Middle School, where students continually seek out new ways to improve the world around them. Through food drives, fundraisers, and acts of service, these Mighty Bees are eager to make a difference.
When Head Master Andrew Holmgren addresses a crowd of Calvert donors, friends, parents, and community members on April 20, in the grand, gilded halls of the Baltimore Museum of Art, he compares Calvert’s 125-year journey to something our Lower Schoolers hear almost every day – a fairy tale.
“Once upon a time,” he begins. “Above the Croft and Conlyn Apothecary at 110 West Madison Street, a school was born...”
Members of the Class of 2018 gathered in the Lower School to reminisce and catch up. As this impressive class celebrates their tremendous high school success, they also prepare to begin a new chapter in the fall. We sent them off with a walk down memory lane and a little piece of Calvert to take with them - a desk set for their dorm rooms! Best of luck, Calvert Class of 2018!
We are thrilled to welcome Josie George Worthington '72 to Calvert as the Leadership Gifts Officer. Following her Calvert graduation, Josie attended Garrison Forest School and Wheaton College. Josie served on Calvert's Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2007, during which she was integral to the opening of the Middle School.
Writers, bankers, analysts, artists, and more! Calvert alumni do it all. Last week, Director of Development Sarah Walton, Marketing & Communications Manager Sam Shelton, and Director of Alumni Relations & Stewardship Katie Wareheim '98 joined an impressive group of New York-area alumni at Monarch Rooftop for an evening of cocktails, conversation, and sharing Calvert memories.
Rick Buck ‘60, along with son Matt ‘87 and daughter Maggie Buck Holland ‘89, took to the Canadian waters this summer for a family canoe trip. The group spent four days exploring a provincial park known for its quartzite mountains and crystal clear waters near the north end of Lake Huron.
As a Fulbright award recipient, Claire McGonigle '14 will spend nine months in Tenerife, Spain. She will work as an English teaching assistant across a variety of subjects and will work with children ages 4 to 12. Claire graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2022, where she studied computer science and Spanish.
Betsey Hobelmann ’87 (singer), Matt Wyskiel ’81 (bass guitar), Todd Hobelmann (guitar), Toby Bozzuto (keyboards), and Dr. Jim Higgins (drums) formed the band, Midlife Crisis, and recently performed at Elkridge pool. Midlife Crisis mostly plays popular classic and newer rock songs.
Reach out to Betsey and Matt for upcoming show dates.
Special thank you to Dibby and Al Gundry '59 for hosting Annapolis area alumni for a luncheon at the Annapolis Yacht Club. At the gathering, Henry Hopkins ’55, Lisa Purnell Raffetto '57, John Purnell '70, Polly Bartlett Offutt '94, and Virginia Ryker '78 received a School update from Head Master Andrew Holmgren and Alumni Board President Charlie Albert '72.
Calvert’s Class of 2023 will have more than graduation to celebrate next June. It will also mark the first time an individual of Calvert’s graduating class is recognized with a special distinction for highest academic achievement. Bryson Cook ’60 and his wife Cindy established The Leitch-Cook Award with a generous $1 million planned gift intended to highlight the academic success of an Eighth-Grade student every year. The Leitch-Cook Award will complement the long-established Dixon and Brown graduation awards, which honor a boy and a girl student who have distinguished themselves not only academically but exemplify the characteristics of a Calvert education.
Carina recently graduated from the Lawrenceville School and will attend Johns Hopkins University this fall. She was awarded the Hodson Trust Scholarship, the most prestigious four-year merit-based scholarship at the university.
It is with great pleasure that I accept the position of president of the Alumni Association Board of Governors. It is a privilege to represent this community as the School celebrates its 125th anniversary.
For the past two years, we have all faced the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic. Still, I sincerely believe that we find ourselves stronger for it as an alumni community. In early May, we welcomed our first on-campus reunion since 2019, and it was good to see familiar faces in person again. I also want to recognize and welcome our newest alumni, the Calvert Class of 2022. You have impressively graduated from Calvert despite the numerous obstacles you faced. We are excited to add you to our vibrant network and call you alumni. Before closing, it is my great pleasure to introduce our recent additions to the Alumni Board of Governors for 2022-2023.
After graduating from Calvert School, Katie Wareheim '98 went on to attend the Bryn Mawr School and completed her undergraduate work at Elon University, where she earned a degree in Communications, Corporate Communications, and Business Administration. Katie returned to Calvert in 2008 and worked nine years in the Admission Office, beginning as the Admission Coordinator before being promoted to the Assistant Director of Admission. In 2017, Katie went on to St. James Academy in Monkton, where she spent the last five years as Director of Admission & Enrollment Management. She is eager to return to Calvert once again as the Director of Alumni Relations and Stewardship. Katie and her family enjoy a deep legacy at Calvert, including her brother, Matthew ’01, and her father, Paul Wareheim, who recently retired after 39 years in various teaching and administrative roles. Please feel free to contact Katie at email@example.com or (410) 243-6054 ext. 198.
Sarah shared with her friend and former classmate Tracy Lankford ’81, “Butterfly Sisters is a book that I wrote back in 2010; my girls illustrated it, and we gave it to family as Christmas gifts. I have shared it with some friends, and there were some mumblings about me trying to publish it. Of course, it got put on a shelf and life went on. Once the pandemic hit and I had time to think about what I wanted to do, publishing a book was at the top of the list. A mutual friend hooked me up with an artist, Maggie Willis, who magically brought this story to life. This story honors my two girls and their special sisterhood. It is the story of inclusion, acceptance, family, and love."
The Class of 2022 will be heading off to 17 different schools next year, a testament to the diversity of talents and interests among these young men and women. This group of students also boasts an impressive 50 merit-based awards, which is an extraordinary accomplishment. We are pleased to share that students will be attending the following schools:
World language instruction is a critical piece of the Calvert curriculum, and throughout their time on campus, students continually excel in French, Spanish, and Latin in the care of expert teachers. This is never more evident than each spring, when students receive their scores from the national world language exams.
Taken every year, these exams include Le Grand Concours – the National French Contest – The National Spanish Challenge, the National Spanish Exam, and the National Latin Exam. This year, students across both Spanish and French classes earned more than 120 awards for their prowess while Latin students rounded out an impressive year with high marks of their own.
Sally Hopkins Jacobs ’69 made a virtual return to campus on April 27th to speak via Zoom with the Middle School Diversity, Outreach, and Allies Clubs. A veteran Boston journalist, Sally is finishing her second book Althea, a biography of tennis champion Althea Gibson and the moment she broke the color barrier in 1950, due to be released in 2023.
One hundred and sixty parents, alumni, grandparents, employees, and friends raised over $37,000 last week during Calvert’s spring giving drive, “Here Comes the Sun.” Launched on Thursday, April 21, the annual fundraising initiative spanned 48 hours, during which time the Calvert community exceeded the drive’s 100-donor goal and proved that there are sunnier days ahead!
Yale University recently announced Calvert alumna Isabelle Webster ’13 as one of three recipients of this year’s Molly Meyer Humanitarian Award, an honor that is given annually to senior student-athletes “whose character exemplifies selfless devotion along with compassion and concern for their team and the community at Yale and beyond.”
In recognition of the Calvert 125 campaign’s success, more than 150 Calvert alumni, donors, administrators, and community members gathered at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) on Wednesday, April 20, to reflect on the School’s historic achievements and launch a full year of anniversary events.
Students across both divisions enjoyed lessons related to ecology, conservation, and sustainability earlier this month, April 19-22, as the School recognized Earth Week 2022. Organized by members of the Calvert School science team with assistance from student environmental stewards, Earth Week 2022 encouraged the girls and boys to celebrate the beautiful world they inhabit while being mindful of their effects on it.
Educator and public speaker Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabees and Masterminds and Wingmen, spoke about the importance of strong leadership and emotional intelligence with the Calvert community on Thursday, April 7, during three sessions focused on the school experiences of children ages 10 to 15 years old.
On March 22, Calvert announced the class years advancing to the Elite Eight of our reunion giving challenge. The next round will see face-off matches between the following classes: 1937 and 1997, 1967 and 1987, 1962 and 1971, and last but not least, 1952 and 1992.
Calvert Eighth Graders returned to Sandy Point State Park and the shores of the Chesapeake Bay this week as part of the School's sixth year participating in the Cool Schools Plunge, a fundraiser in support of Special Olympics Maryland. As part of the challenge, students were tasked with raising at least $50 each to benefit the non-profit organization, and our Mighty Bees went above and beyond, raising more than $11,000 total.
From the early days of Head Master Virgil Hillyer, author of “A Child’s History of the World,” to the Reflection speeches of today, learning to write has been central to the Calvert School mission for nearly 125 years.
Twelve members of Calvert’s Coed A squash team traveled to Philadelphia earlier this month to compete in this year’s U.S. Squash Middle School Team Championships, where the boys claimed third place in their division and the girls took first in their consolation bracket. Accompanied by Athletic Director Sarah Dennison and Coach Mary Alice Lears, the Calvert students were the only Baltimore team to participate.
Nine Calvert Middle Schoolers displayed their knowledge of Latin, classics, and mythology against high schoolers this month while competing in the virtual Fifth Annual Duke University Certamen on February 19.
One year since adapting The Addams Family into a virtual musical experience, our Middle School performers returned to the Lower School auditorium this month with a spellbinding production of Into the Woods Jr., Calvert’s first in-person Middle School musical since the pandemic began. The cast and crew debuted the Middle School musical in a series of four shows between February 23 and February 26, beginning with two matinees for their classmates before opening the auditorium doors to family members.
On Thursday, February 3, Courtenay Compton McGowen ’58 shared her insights with her virtual talk, “Dragons: Myth and Reality.” Courtenay explored the history of dragons worldwide and highlighted that this universal archetype has roots in almost every culture. Representations of dragons were compared using imagery from European, Ethiopian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other sources.
Head men’s lacrosse coach for University of California-Berkeley Ned Webster ’88 and his Calvert classmate Mike Allen ’88, head coach for men’s lacrosse at University of California Santa Barbara, were profiled in USA Lacrosse Magazine.
Calvert Fifth and Seventh Graders shone last Saturday, February 12, during the First Lego League (FLL) Qualifying Tournament at McDonogh School, holding their own against older students and earning the Judges Award, respectively.
Calvert School will debut Into the Woods Jr. in person at the Lower School auditorium later this month, February 25 and 26, as our annual winter musical for 2022. Created by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods rolls the storylines of some of the oldest and most beloved Brothers Grimm fables and the characters you know and love into one well-crafted performance.
Lower and Middle School students took off on a whirlwind trip round the world this week for International Week, a five-day celebration of diverse cultures, languages, foods, and lifestyles around the globe. A Calvert tradition for more than a decade, this year’s virtual event began on January 31 and highlighted five international locales: Australia, Namibia, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and China.
Congratulations to alumni from the Calvert Class of 2018 on approaching the next phase of their educational journey! We are so pleased to share 19 exciting early college decisions from this remarkable class, and we look forward to highlighting even more students as decision season continues.
For our youngest students, and even our little learners in Kiddie Calvert, math begins with recognition and awareness. Long before they encounter formal math programs, all boys and girls unknowingly experiment with mathematical principles.